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Road safety goes North

By MAIKELI SERU The Land Transport Authority (LTA) road safety campaign has moved to the North. It started last Thursday in Bua after arriving at Nabouwalu. On Friday the team
29 Oct 2012 12:31

Land Transport Authority officials have moved their road safety awareness campaign to the Northern Division.

By MAIKELI SERU

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) road safety campaign has moved to the North.
It started last Thursday in Bua after arriving at Nabouwalu.
On Friday the team visited villages, schools and settlements to promote road safety and its importance.
On Saturday and yesterday, they were at Savusavu before moving to other parts of Vanua Levu this week.
LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said they had been going door-to-door to preach road safety and combat the increase in road fatalities in the country.
“We have had two major awareness programmes and have yet to cover the Northern Division. That is why we have placed emphasis that the North will be more significant in the way we will be doing things.” Mr Tuinaceva said.
He said the high incidence of road accidents was a shocker despite commitment, dedication and resources targeted at road safety awareness.
“There has to be more effective awareness on road safety and this can be accomplished if only we are all committed to the cause. We are urging stakeholders and other agencies to come on board and join this significant fight on road safety awareness.
“As the regulatory body, we are required by law to also provide educational awareness to the public on road safety and not only that, but to be more vigilant when present on roads so that motorists are conscious of what they should be expecting.”
The team will be at Navatu Secondary School on Tuesday before moving to four villages and a settlement tomorrow.
They hope to cover five villages in Saqani on Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday, they will be at Labasa visiting schools and other Government offices.
They will conduct a jaywalking programme at Labasa Town this week to teach members of the public the importance and dangers of jaywalking.
While at Labasa, the team will be introducing a Mothers Against Reckless Driving Group (MARG), who will be road safety advocates in the North. There is only one group in the Central Division however the intention is to establish three groups, one for each division by the end of the year.
“These awareness programmes will be the basis of bringing change in continuing to advocate more on road safety because lives are important. It’s the duty and responsibility that LTA must face up to and provide the best we can to save lives.”




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